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Volcano Choir, Avett Bros, Luke Temple, Pelican, White Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS drop an animated video for "Retreat!", as Jones's cancer treament moved the release of Give The People What They Want to January. The track is anything but a retreat.

VOLCANO CHOIR: Justin Vernon's current project played a full set at DC's 9:30 Club.

THE AVETT BROTHERS advance stream Magpie and the Dandelion.

LUKE TEMPLE (Here We Go Magic) advance streams Good Mood Fool.

PELICAN advance streams Forever Becoming.

GUADALCANAL DIARY: From the "Where Are They Now?" file (and MTV's 120 Minutes), we have a semi-live take on "Watusi Rodeo."

DELOREAN was virtually kidnapped in Mexico.

THE DODOS: Meric Long talks to PopMatters about his disinterest in the act of promotion, his need to continue writing at all costs, and why being a two-member band has allowed the band enough freedom artistically to thrive in what, to many, seems a hostile environment for musicians.

POLICA takes Drowned In Sound on a track-by-track tour of Shulamith.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS: Gentlemen turns 20. Get Off My Lawn.

OWEN WILSON knocked up his married personal trainer? Inquiring minds want to know.

HAYDEN PANETIERRE is engaged to boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM were snapped together visiting Kris and Bruce Jenner following the the latter couple's announced separation.

KRIS JENNER, btw, could lose millions to Bruce if the divorce, as there reportedly was no prenuptual agreement. (In contrast, Khloe and Lamar have one.)

THE JONAS BROTHERS cancel their tour over "creative differences." Not The Onion.

SUZANNE SOMERS has some TMI for you. Again.

THE UNITED STATES: President Obama defended the recent US raids in Libya and Somalia, saying the US would continue to hunt down active terror networks and disrupt active plots. "We're not going to farm out our defense," he added. US officials said the Somali raid was not fully carried out due to "imperfect intelligence."

SYRIA: A senior member of OPCW said the agency has been told that "most" of the sites and facilities it needs to inspect are under regime control. The head of the OPCW called for "temporary ceasefires" between regime and rebel forces so that the chemical weapons teams can have access to all sites.

EGYPTIAN officials suggested they were caught off guard by reports that the US was reducing aid to Egypt.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed eight workers in a bombing south of Baghdad, a counter-terrorism officer in an IED attack near Babil, and the spokesman for Ninewa province in a shooting.

A WHITE LION CUB learns to roar. It's the circle of... you know.

SNOOPYBABE: The anti-Grumpy Cat.

BOOGIE the LABRADOR escaped his owner, ran a half-marathon, won a medal, got neutered.

PET HOARDING: An Ohio woman lives with 50 skunks.

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Dean Wareham, Superchunk, Fall Out Boy, Red Fang, Dachshund   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PAUL McCARTNEY visited Fallon to play "Lady Madonna" and  "Save Us."

DEAN WAREHAM (Galaxie 500, Dean & Britta) advance streams his Emancipated Hearts mini-album.

RED FANG advance streams Whales and Leeches.

FALL OUT BOY returns to hardcore on the Ryan Adams-produced Pax Am Days.

SUPERCHUNK plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

DAVID BOWIE, with a stripped-down "Sound and Vision."

TALKING HEADS released Remain In Light 33 years ago yesterday. How did I get here?

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN: Travis Morrison spoke to Westword about his love of Harry Nilsson and Talking Heads, and how making music is a lot like computer programming. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

JOAN JETT did a Reddit Ask Me Anything.

SHAKE APPEAL: Pitchfork launches a new column on garage rock.

THE POGUES guitarist Philip Chevron has died at the age of 56 after a recurrence of cancer.

MILEY CYRUS gets another long letter from Sinead O'Connor.

TOM HANKS was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

KRIS AND BRUCE JENNER have separated after 22 years of marriage, but have no plans to divorce.

KIM KARDASHIAN isn't bowing to Kanye West's pressure to tie the knot again.

DEMI LOVATO: The X Factor judge had a lesbian fling, according to an Aussie DJ.

QUENTIN TARANTINO's Top 10 Films of 2013 (So Far).

SYRIA: In Aleppo, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launched rockets at Efrin city and detained three citizens of Azaz, which it has taken over. ISIL clashed with a rebel group in Raqqah, seizing its base and several of its members. Regime airstrikes in Idlib attempted to repel an assault on two military bases by rebel forces that include Islamist groups. Regime sources said a Saudi officer in the Al Nusrah Front was killed near Aleppo in September. The OCPW has deployed a second team of experts to continue with the disposal of Syria's chemical weapon.

LEBANON: Security forces arrested three members of a terrorist network that was allegedly planning assassinations as well as bombings in major cities in Lebanon; 12 bombs each weighing between 150 and 200 kg were seized.

EGYPT: The Obama administration is expected to announce curbs on most nonessential military aid to Egypt within a few days. The interim government revoked the permit for the Muslim Brotherhood's NGO.

IRAN's President Hassan Rouhani bragged on Iranian state television just four months ago that he and the regime utterly flouted a 2003 agreement with the IAEA in which it promised to suspend all uranium enrichment and certain other nuclear activities.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed five policemen in separate IED attacks in Ramadi and Fallujah. Tribal leaders in Diyala denounced al Qaeda.

A DACHSHUND on a treadmill; the New York Times is on it.

THE ANTECHNIUS, a mouse-like mammal, has so much sex it disintegrates.

SNAKES ON A BUS: More than 300, plus 10 badgers.

TARANTULA LOVEFEST 2013: Poised to terrify.

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Pearl Jam, Lucius, School of Night, Birdsmell, Red Panda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SEBADOH drops a video for "I Will."

PEARL JAM advance streams Lightning Bolt via iTunes (Click into their artist page).

LUCIUS advance streams Wildewoman.

SCHOOL OF NIGHT, ft. the Antlers’ Darby Cicci, is streaming a self-titled EP.

BAND OF HORSES frontman Ben Bridwell drops three tracks as Birdsmell.

DESTROYER drops "El Rito" ahead of Five Spanish Songs. Tasty.

BADFINGER: Breaking Bad put "Baby Blue" back on the charts -- but who gets the money? ALSO: "No Matter What," it's Twofer Tuesday.

FIRST AID KIT gives a status update to Under The Radar.

SLEIGH BELLS: Alexis Krauss talks  zesty sing-alongs and dance routines with Clash.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Scheff talks to The Line Of Best Fit about going autobiographical on The Silver Gymnasium.

STEVIE NICKS would like to write songs for Game Of Thrones.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive. Again.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ went back more than a thousand years to find a name for their new baby.

PRINCE HARRY has his eyes set on marrying girlfriend Cressida Bonas.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN has taken no steps to divorce Lamar Odom, because she's afraid he'll die or kill himself.

MILEY CYRUS tells MATT LAUER people stop being sexual at 40. Ouch.

BRITNEY SPEARS lives in a "no alcohol zone."

28 FECKING COOL FACTS About Almost Famous.

SYRIA: The opposition Syrian National Coalition said it would not participate in Geneva II peace talks unless Hezbollah leaves Syria and the talks are not mediated by Iran; the SNC also said it would not talk with the Assad regime.

LIBYA: Key al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Liby is being interrogated on a US naval vessel in the Mediterranean after his capture in Tripoli on Oct. 5.

IRAQ: At least 38 Iraqis were killed in a series of 10 bombings throughout the capital of Baghdad.

A RED PANDA freaks out over a pumpkin.

A BOOZY FERAL PIG that shot to international fame after drinking 18 cans of beer, starting a fight with a cow and causing chaos at an Australian campsite has died in a car accident.

YOUR CAT may hate being petted, just as you suspected.

THE PINOCCHIO LIZARD isn't extinct; it's just resting.

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Cults, Dismemberment Plan, Cass McCombs, Pitbull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 07, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CULTS drop a vintage-y video for  "High Road."

CULTS also advance stream Static.

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN advance streams Uncanney Valley.

CASS McCOMBS advance streams Big Wheel And Others.

ALBERT HAMMOND, JR (The Strokes) is streaming his AHJ EP.

BEST COAST drops "This Lonely Morning" ahead of their next LP.

YO LA TENGO drops "Super Kiwi" and will be turned into psychedelic Japanese dolls.

THE MEAT PUPPETS play "Up On The Sun" at The Stone in San Francisco, CA. March 1, 1985.

ROBERT POLLARD offers life lessons to the Utne Reader.

THE WATERBOYS: Mike Scott talks to the Monterey County Weekly about setting Yeats to music. (Thx, LHB.)

MAN MAN: Honus Honus talks to Stereogum about living out of a storage locker and On Oni Pond.

BOB GELDOF claims climate change may wipe out humans by 2030. Fairly sure that's not the IPCC consensus.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Gravity tops the chart with 55.6 million, the biggest October opening ever -- and the biggest openings for both George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. OTOH, Gravity had a 100 million production budget, so you'd probably still prefer the ROI of a Paranormal Activity movie.  Even so, the overseas markets are likely to be pure gravy for Gravity.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 places with 21.5 million on a 37 percent drop; it likely would have been leggier had Gravity not taken all those 3D screens.  Runner Runner shows with 7.6 millio; the studio is undoubtedly relieved it only spent 30 million to produce this.  Prisoners drops to the fourth slot with 5.7 million on a steep 48 percent drop -- likely a product of the subject matter and competition from Gravity for Oscar-bait seekers.  Rush rounds out the Top 5 with 4.4 million on a similarly steep 56 percent drop for similar reasons -- subject matter and Gravity.  Rush is at least doing better in overseas markets where people are more into F1 racing.  Below the fold, Don Jon comes in sixth with 4.2 million on a steep 52 percent drop; it has earned 16 million against a 6 million budget, but the advertising cost was reportedly around 20 million more.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ welcomed a baby boy Saturday.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN had a nuclear confrontation with Lamar Odom that could be the last straw in their marriage. She reportedly has prepared divorce papers following secret talks with a lawyer,but hasn't pulled the trigger... yet.

ROB KARDASHIAN is not that interested in Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

MADONNA writes she was raped at knifepoint and burgled thrice during her first year in NYC.

ROSE McGOWAN burned down her L.A. mansion. Oops.

SUSAN BENNETT: She's the voice of Siri.

SYRIA: The eradication of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal has begun, with the destruction of missile warheads, aerial bombs, and mobile and static mixing and filling units; the OPCW said work will continue for the next few days.

LIBYA: Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has contacted US officials and asked them "to provide an explanation" for the capture of longtime al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al Libi on Libyan soil.

EGYPT: At least 28 people were killed in clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters. In several separate incidents, seven people were killed in clashes between security forces and terrorists in the Sinai. Authorities arrested 25 people purportedly tied to the Muslim Brotherhood who were accused of possessing explosives at a metro station.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed at least 27 Iraqis in a series of suicide bombings in northern and central Iraq.

MARA JADE, a PITBULL, is saved from abuse via Craigslist.

A GIANT SQUID washed up on a Spanish beach.

A BEAR stopped by a home in Irkutsk for Borsht. Things got a little out of hand.  In Cali, another Bear shopped for apples at Vons.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT comes to pro golfing.

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Go-Gos, Four Tet, Lucinda Williams, David Bowie, Cutout Bin, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 04, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with THE GO-GOs!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

FOUR TET is advance streaming Beautiful Rewind.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS stopped by KUTX for a mini-set. 

DAVID BOWIE, Live at the Universal Amphitheater, Sept. 5, 1974.

HEM plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

MINOR ALPS: Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Mattew Caws drop "Far From The Roses."

DUMPTRUCK: "Back Where I Belong."

MY BLOODY VALENTINE's Kevin Shields suggests Britpop was a government conspiracy.

PHOENIX is profiled by the Nashville Scene.

ST. VINCENT's TOP 10, according to Stereogum.

PUNK IS DEAD: BuzzFeed presents the evidence.

CUTOUT BIN: From Frank Sinatra to Echo & The Bunnymen, from Stevie Wonder to Thomas Dolby, from Bobby "Blue Bland" to They Might Be Giants, plus Marty Robbins, Chameleons UK, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Kinks and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are Gravity, which is currently scoring 98 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Runner Runner, which is scoring 13 percent.

GRAVITY is decribed by a number of reviewers as a thriller.  And it has a number of suspenseful sequences, if you can suspend disbelief for the implausible event that sets it in motion.  It looks and sounds great (aside from some overdone musical moments, the sound design was top-notch in Atmos).  Yet Gravity never reached escape velocity for me on a popcorn movie level, because writer-director Alfonso Cuaron attempts a deeper exploration of the theme of facing death.  That's laudable, and to the extent it largely works, it does so on the strength of Sandra Bullock's performance. (George Clooney plays Clooney, though someone with his star power was probably necessary for the role.)  The film did not completely work for me to the extent that the characterizations are too economical, occasionally verging on ham-fisted.  As someone who often finds recent films longer than they really need to be, I would normally cite an 84 minute running time as a plus. But here I wonder whether another 10 min of exposition upfront wouldn't have made Gravity a better movie. It's a good attempt at two types of movie, good enough to be annoyed that it's not truly great at either.

MILEY CYRUS gets unsolicited advice from Sinead O'Connor.

BRITNEY SPEARS claims she's under a lot of pressure to make hyper-sexual music videos. Spears' dad/conservator and her manager deny pressuring her.

LAMAR ODOM says he's been sober for 5 days and believes he can maintain sobriety without going to rehab.

BARBARA SINATRA doesn't think Roma Farrow is Frank's kid.

TIM BURTON: Caught canoodling on camera with a mystery blonde.

PAUL GIAMATTI talks to Collider about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (and more), Downton Abbey, merlot and more.

NORTH KOREA: The Yongbyon nuclear complex, which was shut down in 2007, appears to have started up again, according to a US research institute.

SYRIA: Russia backed a UN Security Council statement urging Syria to allow more humanitarian relief into the country.

IRAN: The head of Iran's Cyber Warfare command was found dead in a woods outside Karaj over the weekend. He had been assassinated at close range.

A CAT sits on a HEDGEHOG.

A MOUNTAIN LION moves into DC.

CHINESE DEATH HORNETS: The average one grows to 2.2 inches in length.

500 MINKS escaped their farm in rural Abbotsford. It's the upscale version of 101 Dalmatians.

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